Funding for Cancer Research Trainees

November Deadlines

November 11: Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research – AACR/ASCO Foundation

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RFP Snapshot: The Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this jointly-supported award is to fund a physician-scientist during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. Research projects are restricted to translational cancer research.

Max Amount and Period: $50,000 for 1 year

Eligibility: At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2022, applicants must:

  • Be in the last two years of their final subspecialty training and within 10 years of obtaining their medical degree.
  • Must not be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.
  • Be able to commit at least 60% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the grant term.
  • Must be AACR Active members. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Active membership by the application deadline.

Non-AACR members can apply for membership here.

Due Date: November 11, 2021 at 12PM CST

November 12: NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed – Deadline for Resubmissions)

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RFP Snapshot: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a continuation of the NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) to enhance the diversity in the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences. This FOA provides research support for a sustained period of “protected time” for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does NOT involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary clinical trial.

Max Amount and Period: $150,000 over 5 years

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least two, but usually not more than five years of research training/experience beyond a doctoral degree at the time of submission. They must have a “full-time” appointment and be able to commit 75% of effort to their program of career development. Applicants must also meet one of the following diversity requirements: a) be of a racial or ethnic group that has been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) or b) have a physical or mental disability. By the time of the award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Current and former PDs/PIs on NIH research project (R01), program project (P01), center grants (P50), or Project Leads of program project (P01), or center grants (P50), other major individual career development awards (e.g., DP5, K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76, K99/R00), or the equivalent are not eligible.

Due Date (for RESUBMISSIONS): October 12, 2021

Special Note: Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with NCI Scientific/Research contact Mulualem E. Tilahun, D.V.M., Ph.D. at mulualem.tilahun@nih.gov.

November 12: NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01 Clinical Trial Required – Deadline for Resubmissions)

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a continuation of the NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) to enhance the diversity in the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences. This FOA provides salary research support for a sustained period of “protected time” for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary clinical trial, as part of their research and career development.

Max Amount and Period: $650,000 over 5 years

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least two, but usually not more than five years of research training/experience beyond a doctoral degree at the time of submission. They must have a “full-time” appointment and be able to commit 75% of effort to their program of career development. Applicants must also meet one of the following diversity requirements: a) be of a racial or ethnic group that has been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) or b) have a physical or mental disability. By the time of the award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Current and former PDs/PIs on NIH research project (R01), program project (P01), center grants (P50), or Project Leads of program project (P01), or center grants (P50), other major individual career development awards (e.g., DP5, K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76, K99/R00), or the equivalent are not eligible.

Due Date (for RESUBMISSIONS): October 12, 2021

Special Note: Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with NCI Scientific/Research contact Mulualem E. Tilahun, D.V.M., Ph.D. at mulualem.tilahun@nih.gov.

November 18: AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards: Annual Meeting

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RFP Snapshot: Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and recognize outstanding young investigators presenting meritorious proffered papers at the AACR Annual Meeting. Scholar-in-Training Award funds are to support attendance at the Annual Meeting. Applicants must first submit their abstract and then complete a Scholar-in-Training Award Application. Please note that Scholar-in-Training Awards are not available for late-breaking abstracts.

Eligibility: Applicant must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Applicant must be an Associate Member of the AACR in good standing (membership current through 2021). Nonmembers should submit a Membership Application Form by November 12, 2021 in order to obtain membership in time to submit an application for a Scholar-in-Training Award.

Due Date: November 18, 2021

November 18: AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Awards

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RFP Snapshot: AACR-WICR Scholar Awards are awarded to members of Women in Cancer Research who are scientists-in-training and presenters of meritorious scientific papers at AACR Annual Meetings. The purposes of this award program are to increase the scientific knowledge base of Women in Cancer Research members and to encourage to pursue careers in cancer research.

Eligibility: Applicant must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Applicant must be members of Women in Cancer Research (WICR). Nonmembers should submit a Membership Application Form to WICR by November 12, 2021 in order to obtain membership in time to submit an application for a Scholar Award. Candidates must be full-time scientists-in-training who are graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, or postdoctoral fellows.

Due Date: November 18, 2021

November 18: AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

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RFP Snapshot: The AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards are for full-time eligible minority scientists wishing to participate in AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences. The purposes of this award program are to increase the scientific knowledge base of minority scientists and to encourage them to pursue careers in cancer research.

Eligibility: Candidates must be the presenters of meritorious abstracts at the AACR Annual Meeting or special conferences. Candidates must be full-time graduate students, medical students, residents, or clinical or postdoctoral fellows. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada. Only minority groups that have been defined by the National Cancer Institute as being traditionally underrepresented in cancer and biomedical research are eligible for this award: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans and Native Pacific Islanders.

Candidates need not be AACR members to apply for this award.

Due Date: November 18, 2021

November 18: AACR Undergraduate Scholar Awards

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RFP Snapshot: The Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students are available to full-time, third-year undergrads majoring in science. The purpose of these awards is to inspire promising science students to enter the field of cancer research. These are two-year awards and require that awardees attend the 2022 and 2023 AACR Annual Meetings.

Eligibility: Candidates must be full-time, third-year undergraduate students majoring in science. Applications from students who are not yet committed to cancer research are welcome. Applicants must be Student members of the AACR. Nonmembers should submit a Student Membership Application Form by November 12, 2021 in order to obtain membership in time to submit an application for an Undergraduate Scholar Award.

Due Date: November 18, 2021

November 30: AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships

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RFP Snapshot: The AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships Program is designed to provide an effective industry-academic clinical practicum with a unique training opportunity to develop academic clinicians in drug development. Fellows will work on site at the facility of one of the AACR’s pharmaceutical industry partners. This fellowship is designed for early-career clinical scientists who hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to clinical trial design and execution from the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry. The industry partners for this program and their research areas include the following:

  • AstraZeneca (facility located in Gaithersburg, MD)

Early-stage and late-stage clinical development in immuno-oncology

  • Bayer Healthcare (facility located in Cambridge, MA)

Early-stage and/or late-stage clinical development in oncology

Max Amount and Period: $100,000 for 1 year

Eligibility: Applicants must have a medical degree (including MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree. They also must have enrolled in an accredited hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution with the U.S. Applicants must also be AACR members. Nonmembers must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership, and be members in good standing, by the application deadline.

Due Date: November 30, 2021 at Noon CST

Rolling: AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards: Other Conferences and Meetings

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 RFP Snapshot: The AACR offers Scholar-in-Training Awards to enhance the education and training of early career scientists by providing financial support for their attendance at AACR conferences and meetings. The number of awards available, award amounts, and application requirements vary by conference. Please visit the meetings and workshops calendar for a list of upcoming programs and details on financial support available.

Eligibility: Applicants who submit abstracts must be AACR members in good standing. Nonmembers should submit a Membership Application Form.

Rolling Due Dates

December Deadlines

December 1: Physician-Scientist Training Award – Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

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RFP Snapshot: This award will provide a funding source that will enable these individuals to pursue research intensively (at least 80% effort) for up to four years, while, if they wish to maintain their clinical skills, continuing to be clinically active (no more than 20% effort). In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by an award recipient.

Max Amount and Period: $460,000 over 4 years

Eligibility: Physician-scientist applicants (MDs and DOs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to research. MD/PhDs are not eligible to apply. Applicants cannot be pursuing a PhD.

Due Date: December 1, 2021 at 3PM CST

December 1: Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award – Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

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RFP Snapshot: This award program is designed to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”). By investing in this area, Damon Runyon will bring additional attention to the importance of these specially trained scientists for making meaningful progress in cancer biology.

Max Amount and Period: $240,000 over 3 years

Eligibility: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than five years prior to the application deadline date and may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent). Applicants must not have been in their Mentors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Due Date: December 1, 2021 at 3PM CST

This newsletter is not fully inclusive of all available cancer-related funding for trainees.

Please be sure to consult other sources to learn of other opportunities not listed above.